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Documents are a part of life, but they’re not always loved by everyone. Computers and digital documents have been around for decades, but hassles remain. Formats, management, and sharing continue to be document problems that we face, but these issues don’t always have to be a part of the equation. We’re using the Internet to share just about everything, so why not do the same with documents? Scribd is a service that makes document viewing and sharing problems a thing of the past. With Scribd , you can upload and turn almost any file into an online document that can be viewed by anyone.
Over six months ago , Google announced it would start phasing out support for Internet Explorer 6 on Orkut and YouTube, and started pushing its users to modern browsers. The search giant has now given a specific kill date for old browser support on the video website via a page on Google.com titled Solve a Problem: Upgrading your browser : Support stops on March 13th. Stopped support essentially means that some future features on YouTube will be rolled out that won't work in older browsers.
Powered by Translate Surfing the Web on an old browser can be a lot like running a steam engine along the tracks of a bullet train--it may still work, but it doesn't take advantage of the speed and security of the new technology. If you see a page letting you know to upgrade to a new browser appearing when you visit try to watch a video on YouTube, it means that you are using an of your browser:
Robert Jacobson, the developer behind the open source Java Model Railroad Interface (JMRI) project, finally prevailed in a long-running open source software license enforcement lawsuit against Matthew Katzer, the owner of a company that sells commercial model train software. Katzer initially threatened Jacobson and JMRI with a patent infringement lawsuit in 2005, and demanded hundreds of thousands of dollars in licensing fees. Upon investigating Katzer's claims, Jacobson was surprised to discover that Katzer had misappropriated significant amounts of JMRI code, using it without attribution in a commercial software package. Jacobson retaliated against Katzer's patent suit by filing a copyright infringement suit. The case has attracted considerable attention within the open source software community because it has broad ramifications for open source license legality.
Google yesterday gained federal authority to buy and sell power in the U.S., granting it essentially the same status as a power utility. Google's headquarters is seen here blanketed in solar panels. (Source: Goozner Solar)
Google is the largest search company in the business and it generates massive revenue from its ad sales. The company also runs multiple data centers that consume huge amounts of electricity, however, it has a corporate goal of being carbon neutral. One way it looks to meet this goal is by buying and using carbon credits. The company also has a massive solar power station producing 1.6-megawatts at its corporate headquarters. The problem for Google is being able to get enough green power in the areas where it operates to meet the needs of its data centers and other operations.
Excitement about the approach of the Federal Communications Commission's National Broadband Plan, due March 17, is inspiring ever more dramatic calls for greater high-speed Internet connectivity in the United States. This month, FCC Chair Julius Genachowski declared that the agency wants 260 million Americans hooked up to 100 Mbps broadband by 2020. Not to be outdone, the Media and Democracy Coalition says that by that same year consumer access to "world-class networks" should equal the present rate of telephone adoption (90%+).
Google has announced that it plans to discontinue active development of Gears, a browser plug-in that enables Web features like local storage and geolocation services. The search giant says that emerging Web standards offer increasingly viable alternatives to the specific capabilities that are provided by Gears. Rather than implementing experimental new Web functionality in a cross-browser plug-in, the Gears team intends to focus on advancing new and existing Web standards that can be included directly in Chrome and adopted by other browser vendors.
Protesters in Perth demonstrate against Australia's plan to filter the internet. Protests also popped up in Sydney, Australia's biggest city. (Source: WA Today) More protesters rally in Sydney, Australia. (Source: itNews)
What's better than paying £400 ($615) for a laptop from a place that won't tell you isn't very forthcoming about what's inside it? Paying that much for a laptop that then comes with a £9.99 ($15) monthly fee just to use the thing. It's the Alex from BCC, the Broadband Computer Company (not to be confused by the Alex from Spring Design , or Alex Bushill from the BBC), a somewhat chunky looking laptop loaded with some custom layer over Linux promising an always updated, always ready, and incredibly easy to use experience. It also has a round mousepad that says "Alex" on it.